Climate change news

Politics and CAGW

Are the politicos getting cold toes and hopping around on one leg - which way to put the foot down, backwards or forwards. This comes a day before the German coalition have come up with the idea of charging renewable companies the cost of supplying fossil fuel back-up for their windmills and solar panels - sure to bring a halt to new developments. At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/11/23/a-very-slow-motion-car-crash.html ... this is something to behold, a scientist not on the gravy train speaking to their lordships (or some of them). He likens the present energy policy to ...

Toad Denier and 'toady deniers'

Here is a story of consensus science to make you blush - but not if you are feeling a touch on the toady side - go to http://phys.org/print303119993.html

Tokamak

At http://phys.org/print303571573.html ... latest update on plasma fusion - Chinese, American, French. Where are the British? Stuck up a windmill.

How much are we really paying in our electricity and gas bills for renewable subsidies. Go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/11/14/cost-concealment.html and get a flavour of the hoodwinking going on - all connived at by the politicos in league with enviros and media plonks on a good earner. First you see it - then you don't. Smoke and mirrors.

A German politician with gumption

At http://notrickszone.com/2013/11/14/more-dissent-erupts-in-germany-free-d... ... it seems that Germany has its equivalent of Nigel Farage - and apparently not to be trifled with. The video is in German but Pierre Gosselin provides a translation. This is one example - 'you are not the thought police of Lower Saxony. You are not the Inquisition to hunt down others who thik differently ...' and the man's name is Dr Gero Hocker. Take note.

'Hockey Schtick' - kicking the shins

It seems the paper published a few days ago in Environmental Research Letters (see In the News 10th November) aimed at debunking the Svensmark theory (while ignoring various other solar theories) has inadvertently kicked itself in the shin by claiming the 'simple basic physics' of greenhouse theory greatly exaggerates global warming - see http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/new-paper-shows-simple-basic...

He also provides a link to the full paper.

Geothermal Heat

I was having a few dark ales at a beer festival at the weekend when one of my brother in laws said to me, quite randomly, we could have all the energy we wanted just by tapping into the heat in the Earth under our feet. It's true that Iceland exploits geothermal heat but that is a volcanic island with hot springs - but is the heat under the ground that close to the surface? Mines and caves would be a good place to locate a bit of heat - but these places can actually be a bit chilly (especially a limestone cave with dripping water).

Typhoons and Hurricanes

The media have been feasting on supertyphoon Haiyan but the Bishop is a little sceptical of a link with CAGW - go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/11/9/storms-and-global-warming.html ... just as the BBC hyped the storm that knocked down a few trees, and the odd branch or two, a week or so ago, they have really gone to town on the typhoon that struck the Philippines. No information about fatalities is currently available and yet they are talking about a tragedy on a par with the Boxing Day tsunami. It's a wonder that wasn't caused by CAGW - but perhaps it was in some quarters.

The historical climate debate

A paper by Fabien Locher and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, 'Modernity's Frail Climate: A Climate History of Environmental Reflexivity' published in Critical Inquiry (2012) is discussed at http://mygardenpond.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/we-are-plagued-by-drought-a... ... in which the French authors have a French view on things, but suffice to say they have a jaundiced view in that they think the current climate debate is far too simplistic. What we need is more of the oomph. Far too much phlegm around.

solar activity and global warming

At http://phys.org/print303060859.html ... we have a paper published in Environmental Research Letters by two British professors that profess in all sincerity that neither changes in the activity of the Sun nor its impact in blocking cosmic rays (the production of clouds) 'can be' 'significant' contributors to global warming. In fact, their research claims solar activity has caused no more that 10 per cent of the global warming that occurred in the late 20th century.

Sea levels not conforming with the models either

This story is at http://notrickszone.com/2013/11/05/scientists-find-that-sea-level-rise-i... ... and comes from Germany but involves a scientific study a the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They collated data from measurement stations located mainly on the coasts and found sea level estimation had been exaggerated upwards. Global sea levels, they found, were on average just 1mm a year - and by the year 2100 would amount to just 10cm. Only one third of stations showed a detectable rise.